Sociology - From Classroom to Career Senior Year
Capstone Courses/Independent Study
Use the Capstone Course to integrate what you have learned, reflect upon how you have grown at Fairfield, and anticipate where your path will lead you next. The course is usually a chance to also sharpen research skills, strengthen a portfolio, and make fresh connections among courses and experiences.
Start to narrow your interests and look for ways to use classwork, internships, summer work, and potential independent studies to further your interest.
Dr. Schlichting approached me about this project last semester. He was asked by the Redwood Library in Newport, Rhode Island to produce a visual aid that would map out the distribution of people's country of origin in the different districts of Newport from the 1880 Census. We will use an historic GIS map of Newport to study patterns of the different nationalities, and compare it to today's distribution and observe commonalities.... In order to do this, we have been modifying a database using SPSS program and a Geographical Information System (GIS). Using the 1880 census, I entered the addresses of the various immigrants into the database. We eventually will be statistically analyzing this data and geocoding it to an 1880 map in order to study the ethnic makeup of Newport, Rhode Island in 1880. ... So far, I have entered the addresses for District 96, and have begun work on District 91.
- Steve Parker '10, Sociology and Anthropology
Service Learning Associates
Housed in the Office of Service Learning, the Service Learning Associates (SLA) program engages 8 to 10 undergraduates each semester as student leaders to their peers in service-learning courses. Each Associate works intensively with one professor to support a service-learning course which aligns with the Associate's academic background and interests. The Associates meet regularly with both faculty and fellow Associates throughout the semester and attend professional development trainings facilitated by the Office of Service Learning.
I enjoy service learning courses because I feel I get more out of the class when I can personally experience a piece of it.... I don't have one particular favorite class, but I can say that I have loved all of my sociology and education courses!
- Brittany Goldrick '14, Sociology and Anthropology
I love being able to combine my passion for social justice with my classroom experiences, which allows us to truly make our studies applicable to real world situations.
- Melissa Hannequin '13, majors in International Studies and Sociology; Minors in Peace & Justice, Anthropology, and Black Studies
Use your final internship(s) to try out careers, sharpen your resume and cover letter, develop a portfolio, make contacts, and take classroom skills and apply to the professional world. Positions are available at the local, state, and national government levels, plus with nonprofit organizations. You will spend 10 hours a week as an intern working directly with professionals and gaining practical experience. Often this work leads to postgraduate employment and it can also be an important qualification in applications to graduate school.
The range of settings in which you can work includes:
- Law offices
- Probation departments
- Market research firms
- Psychiatric hospitals
- Public schools
- Public relations offices
- Personnel departments
- A variety of social service agencies
Line Up References
Finalize 3+ professors from Sociology and elsewhere who might serve as professional references for you. Discuss your future plans with them and ask for guidance.
That's just the start. Take a look at this career information from other University offices that we think is also valuable to Sociology majors.